How Chiropractic Care Can Relieve Tension Headaches

It’s estimated that nine out of 10 people in the United States experience frequent headaches, often due to tension and stress. If you’re looking for an alternative to medications to finally resolve your tension headache pain, it’s time to consider the many benefits of chiropractic care.

Experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, offers customized chiropractic care at DMC Healthcare to relieve tension in your neck and shoulders that contribute to tension headaches. 

Dr. Weddle also focuses on treating your body as a whole to boost blood circulation and reduce your risk for headaches and other types of pain.

What’s triggering your tension headaches

There are a number of things in your environment that can cause a headache. Tension in your neck and shoulders is one of the most common headache triggers.

Tension comes from overly tight muscles from strenuous physical activity or from a lack of exercise. You may also be more susceptible to a tension headache if you spend a lot of time hunched over your phone, computer, or desk.

These activities not only cause tension in your muscles, they can also irritate the joints in your spine and result in chronic inflammation.

Chiropractic care is effective at headache relief

Chiropractic manipulations like spinal decompression are ideal for treating headaches because they address the root cause of your pain. Dr. Weddle uses a variety of manipulation techniques that focus on realigning the joints in your cervical (neck) spine.

By improving your spinal alignment, your blood can circulate more freely to reduce inflammation and irritation that leads to headaches. Chiropractic adjustments also improve the flexibility and range of motion in your neck and shoulders, so you can engage in exercise and physical activities without pain.

Additionally, Dr. Weddle ensures your lumbar (lower spine) is properly aligned to improve your posture, relieve back aches, and prevent premature degeneration of your spinal joints and nerve compression conditions like sciatica.

Other options for preventing frequent tension headaches

In conjunction with routine chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Weddle and the team at DMC Healthcare offer other treatment options for resolving tension headaches.

Medications

When over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to relieve existing tension headache pain, you may benefit from prescription medicines that reduce inflammations and help relax overly tight muscles.

Massage therapy

A therapeutic massage is beneficial for relaxing your muscles, enhancing your blood circulation, and reducing overall tension in your body.

Myofascial release

Using a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device, Dr. Weddle sends electric pulses of energy into trigger points (overly tight, knotted muscles) to relieve tension and pain. Electrodes are placed on the surface of your skin and the treatment requires no incisions or invasive procedure.

At-home exercises

In addition to on-site therapies, Dr. Weddle can work with you on exercises you can do at home to relieve tension before it becomes serious and triggers a headache. You should also prioritize taking a break from your electronics and your desk work at least once an hour to take a walk and stretch your spine.

If you need relief from persistent tension headaches and want to improve your overall health, schedule a chiropractic evaluation with Dr. Weddle by calling DMC Healthcare or by requesting an appointment online today.

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